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The Best of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

With you need a dose of sunshine, there are few destinations easier to reach than Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Here you’ll also find fantastic snorkeling, underground rivers, ancient Mayan sites, and captivating colonial cities. Kristen Korey Pike, the founder of KK Travels Worldwide, has created an itinerary for AFAR Journeys that includes the highlights of the region, with plenty of time to spend on the beach as well.
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Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
A brilliant work of architecture and astronomy, the Pyramid of Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá is so precisely engineered that on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the sun casts shadows that slither like snakes and seem to descend...
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Carretera Federal, Cancun - Chetumal Km 230, 307, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Tulum is one of the most awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the Mayan Riviera. It’s the only fortified Mayan city built on the coast and boasts stunning cliff-top views of the Caribbean. This Post-Classic city, occupied up to the arrival of...
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Sian Ka'an, Q.R., Mexico
Kristen Korey Pike, founder of KK Travels Worldwide and a member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council, has created an itinerary to the Yucatan Peninsula that includes both Mayan sites and natural wonders, like Sian Ka'an. This UNESCO Biosphere...
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Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Holbox sits at the point where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean, creating a unique environment renowned for its biodiversity. Manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles can be found swimming in the waters off of the island while if you visit...
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Cerrada Las Golondrinas 24, Alfredo Bonfil, 77560 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Just off of Cancun, as well as the islands of Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox, opportunities to snorkel or scuba dive abound. The waters here are rich with marine life with the four different species of sea turtles here—especially abundant during...